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ESB (Extra Special Belgian) - Hilliard's Beer

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ESB (Extra Special Belgian)
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beertunes on 03-05-2012)
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Reviews by blackie:
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Draft at the brewery, reviewed from notes. Appears a fully hazed, deep amber brown color with a coating of off-white head and average retention. The mashup of saison and esb styles creates a perplexing, interesting set of aromas and flavors - toasted and light caramel malt flavors with the sweet, spicy notes of the saison yeast. Bready. Hops mild, earthy, with a gentle bitterness. Smooth, moderate body with a creamy carbonation. Really enjoying how well the two sides do together - would go for this one again.

12-13-2013 04:01:31 | More by blackie
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-05-2014 04:31:08 | More by mdaschaf
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-08-2014 18:04:11 | More by BrewtalHonesty
Photo of flagmantho


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Naked City Taphouse in Seattle.

Appearance: murky amber hue with a thin layer of creamy ivory foam. Decent.

Smell: mild caramelly malt aroma. Simple but not bad; its ESB roots really show here.

Taste: sweet dark malt flavor; a light spiciness along with caramel and a hint of chocolate. Sort of an advanced amber ale, I'd say. I like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and a very smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a very tasty and original beer. I'd definitely have this again.

03-15-2012 23:18:42 | More by flagmantho
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-18-2013 19:39:44 | More by ayatsato
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 17:32:26 | More by MA08
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-31-2014 14:22:59 | More by crowellbw
Photo of beertunes


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

This is an English ESB brewed with Hilliard's Saison yeast. I wasn't sure where to put it style-wise. Feel free to change it if you have a better idea.

Served in tulip. Poured a cloudy brown/medium mahogany color with about 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and great lacing. The aroma has the nice basic grain and malt scents of a good ESB with a dose of spice & sweet from the yeast.

On the tongue the spicy yeast takes the forefront and the base grains and malt provide a solidly enjoyable foundation. The body is very nice, full, smooth, well-rounded and tongue coating without being sticky-sweet.

Drinkability is exceptional, I could easily down 3-4 of these without getting bored and would have it on multiple occasions as well. Overall, a very nice brew that combines a couple of my favorite styles. I'm not sure if this will be a one-off, a yearly offering or a sometimes visitor. I think we should tell the brewery to make this part of their full-time line-up. A must try if you see it.

03-05-2012 00:59:04 | More by beertunes
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-18-2014 22:23:56 | More by Sound_Explorer
ESB (Extra Special Belgian) from Hilliard's Beer
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